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When Life Gives You Lemons...
Member Name: sparkle1004
Advantages: Tastes and smells like lemons
Disadvantages: It'll make you feel sick if you drink too much
Another drink which I was frequently faced with during my year in Italy was Limoncello. It is extremely popular with the Italians and it is what is known as a 'digestif' meaning that it is a drink which is to be consumed after eating in order to aid the digestive system. Although there are a few other 'digestifs' which are commonly consumed after eating but Limoncello seemed by far the most popular.
Limoncello is a fairly new drink in the grand scheme of things, only dating back to the 1900s where an innkeeper in the South of Italy would give her customers a version of Limoncello after they had eaten. As it was so popular, the innkeeper began to bottle the liquid and to sell it. The family is still one of the leading manufacturors of the drink to this day.
How do you drink the product?
The product is to be consumed straight and in the form of a shot after eating in order to aid the digestive system and settle the stomach. It is not supposed to be consumed before eating and it isn't supposed to drunk in big quantities or mixed with pop. I learnt this first hand after suffering from a terrible hangover after not understanding initially how it was to be drank!
The drink is an alcoholic drink which is formed by soaking lemon rind in alcohol and sugar. It is bright yellow in colour and so it looks really pretty and summery, although it's a drink for all year round. It smells strongly of lemons which isn't suprising as it has been made from them and it tastes strongly of lemons too. It doesn't have the bitterness that is associated with lemons however and it is a touch sugary.
The drink does taste of alcohol but it isn't really evident especially if you consider the alcohol content. It is best served ice cold. I can't say whether this drink helps my digestive system or whether it helps to settle my stomach. I drank it mainly to fit in culturally while living in Italy and for memories sake now I'm back home again.
Packaging and Price
The drink comes in many different forms, bottles and prices. I usually buy the Luxardo Limoncello from Sainsburys now that I'm back in this country and it costs me £15 per bottle. It has a percentage of 27% alcohol so it is strong and this percentage may vary between different brands. The Luxardo bottle is clear so you can see the yellow liquid inside and it has a red screw top lid. There is a picture of some lemons on the front.
All in all, this is a lovely traditional Italian drink which supposedly helps to settle the stomach after eating. It tastes of lemons and smells of lemons so if you don't like lemons, you should probably avoid this one! It needs to be drunk in moderation and it isn't intended to be drunk with a mixer. This is like a little taste of Italy and it's a lot cheaper than flying there to experience a bit of Italian culture!
Summary: An Italian digestif which smells and tastes like lemons
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